Published November 30, 1985; Revised March 13, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)
Psyllii semen, black psyllium seed.
Black psyllium seed consists of the dried, ripe seed of Plantago psyllium L. (syn. P. afra L.) and of P. indica L. (syn. P. arenaria Waldstein et Kitaibel) [Fam. Plantaginaceae], with a swell index of at least 10, and its formulations in effective dosage.
The drug contains mucilages.
Chronic constipation, irritable bowel.
Stenosis of the esophagus or the gastrointestinal tract.
In rare cases allergic reactions, especially with powdered drug and liquid preparations.
10 - 30 g drug; equivalent preparations. Mode of Administration Whole or ground seeds, other galenical preparations for oral application.
Note: Separate monographs have been issued for blonde psyllium seed and psyllium husk.
Regulation of intestinal peristalsis.